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Fascinating Places to Visit in Cologne, Germany

Thelma Alberts is a natural born Filipina who lives in her adopted country Germany for more than 3 decades. She loves traveling in Europe.

The Shrine of the Three Wise Men

This is the Shrine of the Three Wise Men or the Three Magi

This is the Shrine of the Three Wise Men or the Three Magi

Sightseeing in Cologne, Germany

Cologne or Köln is located in North Rhine Westphalia which is also called NRW. It is one of the oldest and historical cities in Germany. Besides that, it is the 4th largest city in this country. It has a lot of historical tourist attractions. The locals speak Kölsch as their own dialect but German is the main language.

Two weeks ago, I was in Cologne with my hubby for the 4th time. We have met our Irish friends who were travelling on the continent and they were having a few days stay in Cologne before going back home to Ireland. It was the opportunity for me to take some photos of Cologne city and its tourist main attractions. It was a wonderful afternoon with them sightseeing in the city and at the Rhine river.

Cologne has a lot of tourist attractions. The first thing that I was having on my list every time I went to Cologne was the most important and historical place for me to see, before I forget it. The Kölner Dom / Cologne Cathedral.

There are lots of places to see in this city and so I suggest you to go to Kölner Dom first when you come to Cologne for a vacation. Then to the other tourist attractions like the Chocolate Museum, Fragrance Museum and many others as you have planned.

Hauptbahnhof, The Starting Point

The view from the stairs of the Cologne Cathedral. The right side is the train station (Hauptbahnhof).

The view from the stairs of the Cologne Cathedral. The right side is the train station (Hauptbahnhof).

1. Cologne Cathedral or Kölner Dom

Kölner Dom as what the locals called it, is the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Peter and Mary. It is a Gothic style cathedral built in 1248. Meister Gerhard was the one who started the building of the Cologne Cathedral. When he died, it took 300 years until the building of the cathedral was continued and was finished on Oct.15,1880.

The Gothic Cologne Cathedral is located a few meters away from the Rhine river, near the Hauptbahnhof (Main train station). It is the famous historical landmark in the city which has around 20 thousand tourist and local visitors everyday. There is no entrance fee to be in the cathedral but you can donate if you want to. There are more than 500 steps going up to the top platform of the cathedral where you can see the beauty of the city and the Rhine river. BTW, there´s no elevator to go up the platform. Good luck for climbing.

A must see: I have included You Tube videos below to know more about Cologne Cathedral.


What to see inside the Kölner Dom

  1. The Naves of the cathedral are huge and beautiful with Gothic medieval ornaments inside.
  2. The Shrine of the Three Kings was the reason why the Cologne Cathedral was built. The sarcophagus contains the bones of the Three Kings or Magi, Caspar, Melchor and Balthazar, who brought Myrrh, Frankincense and gold as gifts for baby Jesus. It was said that the Three Kings relics was taken from Milan and was originally taken from Constantinople before that. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_Magi)
  3. The Medieval stained windows which are very stunning to look at. The stained windows have its Biblical stories, as well as modern art. It was said to be created and designed by Gerhard Richter, a German artist.
  4. The "Swallows Nest" Organ which is used regularly during the Mass.
  5. The Triptych Altar of the Three Kings made by Stefan Lochner, A German painter who painted in Gothic style of painting. (Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Lochner)
  6. The Treasure Chamber has its own room and you have to pay to see the beautiful ancient artifacts of that time.

Römisch-Germanisches Museum

Römisch-Germanisches Museum in Cologne, Germany.

Römisch-Germanisches Museum in Cologne, Germany.

2. Römisch-Germanisches Museum

The Roman Germanic Museum is a museum with various collections of archeological Romans artifacts. It preserves the cultural heritage of the Roman settlement in Cologne. There are plenty of amazing beautiful Roman glasses which were used in the burials and funerals of the Romans. The museum is not far from the Cologne cathedral.

Chocolate Museum, Cologne Germany

3. Chocolate Museum

This is the best museum for me to stroll around. Seeing how the "drinks of the Gods" are made especially that huge chocolate fountain inside the museum, is awesome. There is a cafe to treat yourself to a delicious cake and a cup of hot heavenly chocolate drink while seeing the view of the beautiful Rine river before or after you can buy bars of chocolate to bring with you home.

The chocolate museum is near the Rhine river and the old historic Cologne city.

4. Fragrance Museum

The Farina Fragrance Museum is the factory building of the popular Eau de Cologne 4711. Eau de Cologne or Kölnisch Wasser was created in the late eighteenth century by Johann Farina (Source: Wikipedia) and is the most fascinating scent that I have smell here in Germany.

This museum is located near the Town Hall of Cologne.

Cologne City Fountain, Germany

Cologne City Fountain, Germany

Some Facts

  1. Cologne Cathedral / Kölner Dom was built in 1248 and was finished in 1880.
  2. It has 11 bells and it is a cultural UNESCO heritage.
  3. The seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and its administrations.
  4. The Cologne Cathedral was hit by many bombs during the second world war and it was partly ruined until it was fixed after the war.
  5. The Shrine of the Three Kings is 850 years now since it was brought from Milan to Cologne by the late Archbishop Dassel.

Video of Cologne at the Rhine River, Germany

Tips

  • Research and plan first before taking your vacation in Germany.
  • Visit the tourists information center first for any flyers or information needed for your tour.
  • You can book for a guided tour for the places you want to explore. The guided tour is in different languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian or maybe German) and so you can choose which one you can understand.
  • Ask for a package deal tour for a group. You might get a bargain.
  • It is best to visit the Cologne Cathedral or any museums in the middle of the week, before or after the long summer vacation.
  • You can take a sightseeing tour with the bus or a river boat cruise at the Rhine River and later take your lunch or dinner at one of the German restaurants serving delicious local food of your choice while viewing the beauty of the Rhine and the Hohenzollern Bridge.
  • Check for a Cologne Summer Festival. There´s always something going on in Cologne.
  • There´s a Cologne Fireworks and Lights at the Rhine every year. It would be an amazing highlight for your vacation.
  • Don´t forget to visit the Old Cologne. The historical Altes Köln where you can take a rest from your travel and enjoy your meal in a restaurant of your choice.


Sources:

You Tube Videos

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_Magi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Lochner

Cologne Tourism Flyers and Brochures

A Short Video of Cologne Cathedral

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Map of Germany

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Comments

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on January 21, 2021:

Thank you very much Teresa. Chocolate museum is a must visit when you travel to Cologne, Germany.

Teresa Fikes from USA on January 18, 2021:

I love to travel. A chocolate Museum? Definitely putting Cologne on my list of places to visit.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on January 27, 2020:

Hi Meg! It is a fantastic view on the top viewing place of Cologne cathedral. You can see the whole city and of course the Rhine river. Chocolate museum is awesome, too. Thank you very much for dropping by.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on January 27, 2020:

Hello Carol. Yes I am fine. I hope you can visit Cologne Cathedral next time you come to Germany. Thank you very much for visiting my HubPages page. Hugs Thelma x

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on January 23, 2020:

I would love to go and see the chocolate museum and maybe even try climbing the steps in the cathedral. There must be a fantastic view from the top.

Carol Taylor from Thailand on January 22, 2020:

It looks beautiful Thelma. I have visited Germany a few times but. not Cologne... I hope you are well.. Hugs Carol x

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 10, 2018:

Hi Audrey. I hope you can come to Cologne some day. It is indeed very interesting to see those places. Thanks for dropping by. Have a nice weekend ahead.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 08, 2018:

I have always wanted to go to Cologne. You've given such a lovely tour guide here. The facts you've presented are interesting. And of course, I'd love to have some chocolate at the museum. Thanks.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 08, 2018:

Hi Mary,

I wonder about that, too. I hope this kind of cathedral will still be build as it is beautiful. I love seeing this Gothic cathedral and I heard there are lots of them in Germany. I hope you can go to Cologne one day.

Yes, I love the fact that I can travel to some interesting places in Germany as a tourist. I think we should explore our own town or cities before going to foreign countries as a tourist.

Thank you for your visit. Very well appreciated.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on March 08, 2018:

I have been to Cologne but only passing through. It is somewhere I would like to return to.

The contrast between the architecture of the museum and the cathedral is stark. Where the museum is solid and functional, the Gothic cathedral is ornate. I wonder if architects will ever again design extravagant buildings like we see from the past and stand in awe of.

I love the fact that after living in Germany for many years you can still enjoy it as a tourist. So many people don't appreciate what is right on their doorstep and yet others flock to see it.

Thanks for the tour.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on January 25, 2018:

Hello Kuan Leong Yong,

Thank you very much for your visit. There are indeed much to see in Cologne than just the Cathedral. I hope you can go there one day.

Ced Yong from Asia on January 24, 2018:

This is a great guide, with so many pictures! I think most tourists think only of the Cathedral as far as Cologne is concerned. But there's truly so much else to see.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 01, 2017:

Dear Peggy,

Thank you very much for visiting my hub for the second time. I appreciate that very much. I have no idea if the poll is already close as I have not close it. I have to check this out. I hope you can visit this place one day. Thanks for all the sharing you have done. Have a great new month of April.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2017:

Thanks so much Thelma for showing us parts of the City of Cologne. The voting was apparently closed on your poll. I would definitely have chosen the cathedral as my first choice of places to visit. The video at the end regarding the cathedral was well worth watching. The Rhine River is so beautiful there. No wonder you like visiting there with everything to do and see! Pinning this to my Germany board.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 06, 2017:

It's alright Nell. I hope you can visit Germany someday. It's not far from England anyway. Enjoy your new week.

Nell Rose from England on March 01, 2017:

I really enjoyed reading this, I would love to visit Germany! I just found a comment you made on my hub, but it went to spam so sorry for not replying! lol!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 01, 2016:

Hi Suzettenaples,

Cologne is indeed a beautiful place to travel and has a lot of historical places to offer. I am glad that I have brought you back some memories of the past by reading my hub. Thanks for stopping by and take care of yourself.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on August 26, 2016:

I so enjoyed reading this as it has been years since I have been to Koln. It brings back so many memories. The cathedral is gorgeous as are all your photos. I took a short trip down the Rhine from Koln to Goar and have done that when ever I had guests visiting me. So envious that you are now living in Germany, my favorite place to lived.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 19, 2016:

Thank you very much Peachy. Tell me when you come so I can meet you. We can go together to the chocolate museum.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on August 19, 2016:

indeed, a beautiful country, I want to visit the chocs musuem

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 18, 2016:

Thanks Peggy for reading my hub. I will add this "All of the above" in the poll. If you ever have the chance to visit Cologne, please try to see all the tourist spots I have mentioned above. Thanks for sharing this hub every where. I appreciate that. Have a great day.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 18, 2016:

What a terrific tour you have given us of Cologne, Germany! That cathedral is magnificent! If in your poll you would have had "all of the above" that is what I would have chosen. Since I could only pick one, I chose the cathedral. It would definitely be a must to see if ever visiting Cologne. Thanks Thelma! Sharing this on HP, Pinterest and Twitter.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on January 01, 2016:

Yes, Cologne and Cologne Cathedral are beautiful and interesting places to see colorfulone. I wish that I can attend a Christmas Mass in this cathedral. Thanks for your comment. Happy New Year 2016!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on January 01, 2016:

Thank you Swalia. Happy New Year 2016!

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on December 18, 2015:

What an interesting place this must be to visit. I love looking at old architectural buildings. Its the country landscapes that I love best.

Shaloo Walia from India on December 17, 2015:

informative hub with lovely images.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on November 04, 2015:

Thank you very much Martie Coetser. I´m glad you came back. I´ll check your hubs soon. Good night!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on November 04, 2015:

Thelma, I came back to enjoy this hub about places to visit in Cologne again. Absolutely fascinating!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on October 12, 2015:

I hope you will be able to visit Cologne one day. Thank you for your visit travmaj. I´m glad you enjoyed the tour. Have a lovely week!

travmaj from australia on October 11, 2015:

Enjoyed this tour of Cologne with you, most informative and interesting and beautiful photo's. I hope I manage to visit one day. Thank you.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 26, 2015:

Thank you very much . I hope you can visit this place one day. Haroldsberg is very popular. Enjoy your weekend Stella.

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on September 24, 2015:

Hi, your photos are very beautiful as is your article. I would love to visit here one day. I have bought many guitars from Germany a place called Haroldsberg. I love reading about Germany. Thanks, Stella

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 04, 2015:

I see Michael-Milec. I hope it will still arrive as I would love to read what you are writing. It sounds that you had wonderful days or even years studying and living in Germany. Those were the good old days, I supposed. Climbing to the top of the Kölner Dom would be awesome and tiring as I have read that it has more than 500 steps up to the top. But it would be an achievement too. Thanks for coming back to this page. Enjoy your weekend ahead!

Michael-Milec on September 01, 2015:

Oh Thelma Alberts, my articles didn't arrived yet to the HPages. . . Yeah ,voting is 'eliminated' for some reason, however my enthusiasm goes on. Köln I have visited during my studies at Erlanger University, hitchhiking (during the time of safe civilization), spending a week with our friends- they were professional musicians, entertaining tourists everyday with concerts in those ancient castles... and I was only a blocks away from the Dom; one day I climbed up to the pulpit and had unforgettable view of all fascinating architecture , tourists , while only once i had chance to hear playing the organ in that heavenly acoustic surrounding.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 01, 2015:

Hi Michael-Milec,

Where are your hubs? I checked your profile and there was nothing there. How I wish I was able to read some of your articles. I´m glad you have visited Cologne before. Now, I wonder why the voted up and so on are gone. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great new month September!

Michael-Milec on August 31, 2015:

Hello thelmaalberts.

Very enjoyable article and captivating photos / video of Kölner Dom. Thanks for refreshed memories after over four decades given opportunity to " be there" once more . It's just awesome and unforgettable.

Would like vote up, beautiful and interesting.

Peace.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 19, 2015:

Lol! You can stay in the chocolate museum if you like to but I think it´s not good for your figure to stay there for the whole day. Thanks for your nice comment Audrey. Have a wonderful hump day!

Audrey Howitt from California on August 18, 2015:

Your pictures are wonderful--you could leave me at the chocolate museum!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 13, 2015:

Hi Martie! So you have smell the Eau de Cologne 4711 before. I think you can order that online. Thanks for your visit and have a lovely day!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on August 13, 2015:

Fascinating hub about Cologne, Germany. Oh, when last did I see and smell Eau de Cologne 4711, and will I ever see/smell it again?

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 04, 2015:

I hope you can visit Germany again one day midget38. I wish you can. Thanks for your comment. Have a nice day!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on August 03, 2015:

I remmber going to Germany once, and I hope to do so again. Shared!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 02, 2015:

Hi Devika! Yes, it is a beautiful country to visit. I hope you can one day. Thanks for your visit.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 01, 2015:

Great place to visit. Germany is on my list of travel places.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 26, 2015:

Hi ChitrangadaSharan! That´s great to know that your hubby was here in Germany. I hope you can visit this amazing country one day. Thank you very much for your comment and for sharing this hub to others. Have a lovely week ahead!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 26, 2015:

Hi Nell! Sorry for the late reply. Yes, Germany is a lovely place to live in. Thanks for your comment and enjoy your new week ahead.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 24, 2015:

A very nice and well presented hub showcasing the beautiful places in Germany. My husband has been to Germany twice for his official tour and thus I have many pictures of these wonderful places.

I have to visit this sometime in future. Lets see how soon.

Thanks for sharing this informative and beautiful article. Voted up and shared on my travel board.

Nell Rose from England on July 17, 2015:

Beautiful place and photos Thelma, I have never been to Germany, but its a lovely place isn't it? thanks, nell

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 11, 2015:

Yes, it is a place worth visiting to. Thank you very much for your visit CorneliaMladenova. Happy weekend!

Korneliya Yonkova from Cork, Ireland on July 11, 2015:

Amazing hub. Beautiful photos. The town seems enchanting to me. Really worth to visit place. :)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 06, 2015:

Hi MsDora! Thank you very much for your visit and for your votes. I am glad you enjoyed it. Being inside the Cologne Cathedral is like being in another world. Enjoy your new week!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 05, 2015:

Thelma, just looking at the pictures made me feel that I was in another place. Thanks you for sharing your tour of Cologne. Voted Up and more.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 01, 2015:

Yes, it is indeed a fascinating place to visit. Thanks very much AliciaC. I wish you could one day. Have a great day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 01, 2015:

I am glad you have been there drbj. I hope you will be able to come back again to Cologne. Thanks for your comment. I'm replying this from my cell phone as I have spam problem with ads pop ups in my laptop.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 30, 2015:

This is a very interesting hub, Thelma. I love your photos! I wish I could explore Cologne myself. It looks like a fascinating place.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 30, 2015:

I had the good fortune, Thelma, of visiting the Cathedral in Cologne some years ago and it is every bit as magnificent as your description. Now I will have to make plans to return since I missed the Chocolate Museum. :)

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, too.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 30, 2015:

That´s a good question. I have no idea, maybe as the chocolate giver will not remember the same person.

The Germans are "green" people. They mostly think about saving the earth from loads of trash. We even have to pay for deposits of the cans or bottles of cokes and other beverages when we buy them in the shops and get refunded when we return the empty cans or bottles. We also have to separate our bins from plastics, papers and others and they are collected in different days of the week. Thanks for your comment and vote. Have a great week poetryman6969!

poetryman6969 on June 30, 2015:

If you keep returning to the Chocolate museum, can you keep getting free samples?

Lovely photos. The place looks tidy and beautiful. It would be nice if our schools in the US did less political indoctrination and emphasized things like not using the world as a trash can.

Voted up.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 30, 2015:

Thank you peachpurple. I wish you could. Have a wonderful week!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 30, 2015:

wow you took a lot of fascinating photos, wish i could visit

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 30, 2015:

Yes, it is beautiful thumbi7. You are very welcome. Thank you very much for having the time of reading this long hub. I did not intend to write it long but as you saw, it was long. Thanks for voting up and pinning as well. Have a great week!

JR Krishna from India on June 29, 2015:

The city is so beatiful

Thanks for sharing the pictures

Voted up and shared in pinterest

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